October 4, 2022 at 4:11 p.m.
Shut out three times
The Melrose Area girls soccer team fell 2-0 to Rocori Oct. 1 at Blattner Stadium in Cold Spring.
The Lady Dutchmen came to the game knowing they would be starting without some regular players who had missed the previous game.
“That’s more my rule,” said Cecelia Montañez, head coach. “You miss a game, you don’t play a half. Most (in the first half) were non-starters. They kept it close.”
Among those non-regulars was goalie Nyayul Ruey. She recorded five saves in the first half as the Lady Dutchmen defense kept play in the middle of the field. Rocori did score an early goal, but after that, Melrose kept the ball away from the net.
The Lady Dutchmen did not have many opportunities to get into scoring positions. Emerson Malchow had the team’s only shot on goal.
In the second half, Melrose had its regular lineup in. It had no more shots on goal but still played a tenacious defense. Goalie Audrey Peifer recorded six saves, while Megan Martinez, Kailey Finken, Jenna Finken, Nora Schwieters and Noella Hernández Montañez kept taking the ball from Spartan attackers.
Melrose could not get into an offensive flow. Its defenders got the ball to attackers Daniela Botello Torres, Malchow and Jazmine Martinez Botello, but Rocori got between them and the ball before Melrose could create a shot opening.
Rocori broke through the Lady Dutchmen defense for a final goal with nine minutes left in the game.
The Lady Dutchmen fell 11-0 to Zimmerman Sept. 29 at Zimmerman High School in Zimmerman.
Melrose could not sustain its offense. Defensively, it could not keep Zimmermann from out of its zone.
Little Falls 3, Melrose 0
The Lady Dutchmen created scoring opportunities, but Little Falls thwarted them all game long in a 3-0 loss Sept. 27 at Melrose Area High School in Melrose.
Melrose had the ball in the Little Falls zone for much of the first half allowing Schwieters, Natalie Ambriz Botello and Malchow to take shots on goal. Peifer had 10 saves in the game, some of them diving or leaping stops.
In the second half, both sides again created scoring opportunities, with the Flyers hitting on two of them. The Lady Dutchmen kept attacking until time ran out.